Watch CBS News

Bill Would Allow Doctors To Involuntarily Commit Patients To Treatment Center

BOSTON (CBS) - As the opioid crisis continues to grip the nation, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has introduced a controversial proposal.

It would allow doctors to involuntarily commit overdose patients to one of five treatment centers in the state for 72 hours -- without a judge's approval. Current law allows doctors to commit patients against their will only with the consent of a judge.

Patrick Cronin, director of business development for Northeast Addictions Treatment Center in Quincy, is a recovering addict himself. He supports the proposal, saying it could be the difference between life and death for some patients.

Patrick Cronin
Patrick Cronin (WBZ-TV)

Cronin joined WBZ's Liam Martin and Paula Ebben on Wednesday night to discuss his experience with addiction and his support for Baker's proposal.

More Information: Opioid Recovery Resources

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.